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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

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“Stunning”
Stunning
October 17, 2019, by carfer
We had an afternoon to visit here from Calgary due to Westjet cancelling our flight, so after picking car up straight from our flight at 12 noon headed out and were at Banff around an hr and half...
“Beautiful Banff, UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Beautiful Banff, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
October 14, 2019, by EkMusafir
Banff National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. There are beautiful mountain...
“Heaven on earth”
Heaven on earth
October 08, 2019, by Passport548481
Nature at is best just 1.5 h from Calgary airport. Came at spring 🍁 I was blessed to see all this beauty. Canadian people are the best hosts